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UCFC to hold football matches in New Clark City

CAPAS, TARLAC. Philippines Football League (PFL) defending champion United City Football Club (UCFC) is set to hold football matches at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium in the coming months, bringing excitement to football fans in Central Luzon. UCFC will be battling against the Azkals Development Team on October 22 at this world-class facility, making it the first football game to be held in New Clark City since it was built in 2019. This will be followed by another match against Stallion Laguna FC on November 5. Through these matches, UCFC seeks to show its commitment to raise Central Luzon’s banner in the football scene. “To represent Central Luzon and bring football to the local community is a major step in the development of professional football in the country. Football is all about belonging, therefore our matches need to be played within the community we are representing, which is Clark in Central Luzon,” UCFC President Eric Gottschalk said. Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and Chief Executive Officer Aileen R. Zosa gave her warm welcome to UCFC, and extended BCDA’s commitment to give the best football experience to the teams playing in New Clark City and their fans. “World-class sports facilities, safe environment, and stunning views–New Clark City can offer all of these and more. We are excited that UCFC chose New Clark City Athletics Stadium as the venue for its matches, and we hope to bring pride to players who will be coming to play here,” Zosa said. Tickets for the matches are available on the UCFC website at www.unitedcityfootballclub.com. UCFC joined the PFL as one of the founding teams of the professional league in 2017. Since then, the team has bagged the national championships four times–in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. This PFL Season, which started in August 2022 and will run until May 2023, UCFC is competing against six other teams to bring home the championship trophy and qualify for the 2023-2024 AFC Champions League Group Stage in August. UCFC is expected to hold in New Clark City two more matches before the end of the year and at least six more until April 2023. Certified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the New Clark City Athletics Stadium has a 20,000-seating capacity with a nine-lane 400-meter track and field, and another four-lane warm-up track. It was nominated as among the world’s best stadiums in the Stadium of the Year Awards in 2020. The following year, the facility received the Highly Commended recognition from the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in the Completed Buildings – Sport Category, and was also shortlisted for the Engineering Prize of the same competition.

October 13, 2022

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Hundreds of cyclists, swimmers fill New Clark City for a weekend of sports action

After a long hiatus brought about by the pandemic, hundreds of enthusiastic cyclists, swimmers, and spectators pumped energy into New Clark City, as it hosted the safe return of two of the country’s most-awaited sporting events, GoClark Sports & Events’ Clark Cycling Classic and Philippine Swimming Inc.’s Long Course Grand Prix Long Course Grand Prix Qualifying Series. GoClark Sports & Events hosted its Clark Cycling Classic, which features three race events, in New Clark City. (BCDA photo) A total of 230 cyclists and 13 cycling teams flocked to the New Clark City to compete in the Clark Cycling Classic event of GoClark Sports & Events, which featured a 48-kilometer Individual Time Trial and Team Time Trial, as well as Mountain Bike and Gravel races. Philippine Swimming Inc. hosts the third leg of its Long Course Grand Prix Qualifying Series in New Clark City. (BCDA photo) Coinciding with the cycling event was the third leg of the Philippine Swimming Inc. Long Course Grand Prix Qualifying Series, where more than 400 swimmers from Central, Northern Luzon and the Cordillera Administrative Region took the stage at the New Clark City Aquatics Center. “This massive weekend of sports action cements the position of New Clark City as a leader in hosting the biggest and best sporting events in the country. This also sends a message that New Clark City is more than ready to host global sporting and entertainment events, which will also benefit the surrounding communities of this rising metropolis,” said Aileen R. Zosa, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA). BCDA’s development partner for New Clark City, MTD Philippines Inc., on 27 August 2022 also launched a food and lifestyle outdoor market called “New Hive,” which is open to the public every weekend, from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM. (BCDA photo) To provide a platform for local merchants, MTD Philippines, Inc., BCDA’s development partner for New Clark City, launched a food and lifestyle outdoor market on 27 August 2022 called, “New Hive.” Aiming to empower local micro entrepreneurs to sell their products to a wider market, this new commercial center is open to the public every weekend from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM in the New Clark City complex. Local artists are also invited to perform and provide relaxing entertainment to both guests and passers-by. In commemoration of the National Heroes Day, over 120 participants of Ride for Valor cycled through Filinvest’s development project within New Clark City, the last leg of its historical fun ride dedicated to the unsung and unknown heroes of World War II and the Bataan Death March. Organized by the Philippine Veterans Bank on August 28, Ride for Valor was staged to raise funds for the Filipino-American Memorial Endowment (FAME), a non government organization that maintains the kilometer markers of the Bataan Death March from Mariveles, Bataan to Capas, Tarlac.

September 7, 2022

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PSI to hold Grand Prix qualifying race in New Clark City

In search of the best swimmers in the north, the Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI), in partnership with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), will be hosting the third leg of the 2022 PSI Long Course Grand Prix Qualifying Series in New Clark City, Tarlac this August 27 to 29. The three-day event will set the stage for more than 400 swimmers from Central Luzon, Northern Luzon and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CNL-CAR) who are vying for a spot in the 2022 PSI Grand Prix National Championships, which will also be held at the world-class Aquatics Center in New Clark City this October. It is considered as a stepping stone for aspiring athletes towards becoming one of the Philippines’ elite swimmers who will represent the country in international swimming competitions in the future. “This is our flagship grassroots event where we identify talent from among our membership across the Philippines. This event is both a qualifying event to the National Championships but also, on a bigger picture, to international events, such as the Southeast Asian Age Group Swimming Championships,” PSI President Lani Velasco said. “A lot of our aspiring junior swimmers take this event seriously as an important step towards achieving the goal of representing the country. However, it is not limited to these high-level swimmers, but also to the developmental swimmers as it also provides a lot for the new swimmers an introduction to the competitive environment,” she added. The CNL-CAR qualifying round comes after the first and second National Capital Region (NCR) legs of the series last July 16 to 17 and August 13 to 14. It will be followed by the Mindanao leg and the last NCR qualifiers in September. The event also signals PSI’s return to New Clark City after almost one year following the PSI National Selection Meet in October 2021. Aileen R. Zosa, BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer, thanked PSI for always considering New Clark City as a venue for its competitions and training camps. “BCDA is always thrilled to hold sporting events in New Clark City as we remain committed to aid in the advancement of sports in the country. If by doing so, we can help discover  up-and-coming talents with immense potential to compete on the world stage, then we will  consider it the greatest honor and service. We are glad to be chosen by PSI as the host venue for this qualifying round and the national championships, and we hope to see dreams take flight here in New Clark City, the home of Filipino athletes,” Zosa said. For Velasco, holding the competition at the New Clark City Aquatics Center does not only provide athletes with the best facilities available, but a feeling like they are competing in their home court. “BCDA has always been a strong partner in helping PSI achieve its goals. We truly appreciate the assistance BCDA has given and continues to give to PSI all these years. With BCDA, our events are not only held in a world-class venue, but also organized and carried out with the highest of standards,” she said. The New Clark City Aquatics Center is the only Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)-approved swimming facility in the Philippines. With a total seating capacity of 2,000, it features a 10-lane competition pool, eight-lane training pool and a diving pool. The competition pool, the training pool, and the diving well were designed and installed by Myrtha Pools, an official FINA partner and leading builder of made-to-measure competition pools. The New Clark City Aquatics Center is part of the National Government Administrative Center Phase 1 project. Aside from the PSI Grand Prix qualifiers, New Clark City will also host on August 27 to 28 the GoClark Cycling Classic, which will feature individual and team trial cycling courses and a Gravel race.

August 30, 2022

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Young swimmers provide enthralling performance at National Finals in New Clark City

Over 300 young Filipino swimmers from all across the Philippines battled it out at the FINIS Short Course National Finals, which was held at the New Clark City Aquatics Center in Tarlac on 20 and 21 August 2022. The country’s best homegrown swimmers made their presence felt with victories in the two-day FINIS Short Course National Finals, aimed at providing greater opportunities for quality racing to young Filipino swimmers at the grassroots level. Fourteen swimmers, aged 8 to 19, from Tarlac, Davao, Iloilo, Pangasinan and other parts of the country emerged as most outstanding swimmers at the FINIS Short Course National Finals. Northmin Stars Swimming Team of Mindanao emerged as the overall team champion with 425.50 points, followed by Megakraken Swim Team of Visayas with 365, and Dax Swim Team of Luzon with 315. Through their events and programs, FINIS Philippines Managing Director Vince Garcia is hopeful that more Filipino swimmers will be provided a chance to compete in a global type of environment. “I want to inspire our young swimmers, that’s my long-time dream. Gusto kong makita silang nagko-compete sa isang torneo na parang lumalaban ka na sa international event not just sa environment, sa medalya but sa uri ng mga technical personnel,” said Mr. Garcia. FINIS Philippines is the sole authorized distributor of US-based swim gear brand FINIS, which specializes in technical devices used for swim training and competition, as well as technical swimwear. Its training products are widely used by elite swimmers and swim coaches in the United States, Australia, Europe and Asia. A foundation for bigger arenas For her part, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and Chief Executive Officer Aileen R. Zosa said that BCDA and FINIS Philippines share a common goal of nurturing Filipino athletes to perform and achieve their highest potential through providing them with enthusiastic programs and modern sports facilities. The New Clark City Aquatics Center is the only Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)- approved swimming facility in the Philippines. It features 2,000-seating capacity, a 10-lane competition pool, eight-lane training pool and a diving pool, which were designed and installed by Myrtha Pools – an official FINA partner. Cited as the 2019 Sports Tourism Venue of the Year at the 4th Philippine Sports Tourism Awards, the New Clark City also houses the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)- certified Athletics Stadium, and the 525-room Athletes’ Village accommodation facility. New Clark City served as the main venue of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, where the athletics and aquatic events were held.

August 22, 2022

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New Clark City hosts inaugural duathlon race

CAPAS, TARLAC. The New Clark City (NCC), eyed to become the premier sports epicenter for training and racing events in the country, opened its doors to its first duathlon race on 17 July 2022. Jointly organized by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the GoClark Sports and Events, around 650 enthusiasts were welcomed and had participated in this multi-sports competition that tested their individual strength, endurance and grit. “Itong duathlon is actually encouraging people—kahit regular athletes, kahit couch potato—pwede pong gawin ito para po ma-encourage sila na maging active ‘yung lifestyle nila, at para kung sakali man na may pinaghahandaan silang ibang events. Maganda rin po ito para sa kalusugan nila,” explained Jumbo Tayag, GoClark race director. The NCC Duathlon is the second major sports event held at the New Clark City this year, after its reopening last May from a series of lockdowns, stricter border regulations, and restrictions in mobility brought about by the two-year pandemic. This event also marked as first for GoClark in NCC this year, following the successful New Clark City Triathlon it co-hosted with BCDA in October 2019. BCDA Senior Vice President for Corporate Services Arrey Perez thanked GoClark for holding the duathlon at the New Clark City. “Ito ang kagandahan. We have the private sector that supports our advocacies particularly in promoting wellness and sports development of the country. ‘Yung mga katulad ni Jumbo with Go Clark, they hold a lot of events dito sa Clark – the Clark Zone and the New Clark City,” SVP Perez emphasized. For his part, Atty. Roseller Rodriguez, the municipal mayor of Capas, Tarlac, extended his warm welcome to the race participants, and expressed pride and gratitude to the event organizers for choosing New Clark City as its sporting destination. “We take pride in hosting another exciting athletic event for our race enthusiasts—New Clark City Duathlon. Hats off to the organizers for the hard work that goes into coordinating this meticulously detailed event. To the participants, we sincerely admire the focus and discipline,” said Mayor Rodriguez through his representative Maita Claire Bartolome. The NCC Duathlon had three race categories. NCC Long is a 12 kilometer (km) run, a 50 km bike and a 6 km race. The NCC Short covers a 6 km run, a 25 km bike, and a 3 km run. There is also an NCC Long Two-Person Relay covering a distance of 12 km run, 50 km bike, and 6 km run, with an all-male, all-female and mixed divisions. Meanwhile, the NCC Long and NCC Short are competed in different age brackets. During the run course, race participants toured around the whole National Government Administrative Center and took the River Park and the New Clark City Athletics Stadium. On the other hand, the bike course covered the New Clark City to Clark International Airport, and the New Clark City to Subic-Clark Expressway access roads. Upcoming Races Aside from the NCC Duathlon, two more sporting events are being scheduled by GoClark in the New Clark City within the year. The Clark Cycling Classic is set on August 27 and 28, featuring individual and team trial and gravel race. The New Clark City Triathlon, on the other hand, is expected to take place on September 24 and 25, marking the return of triathlon activities, and would feature adult and kids aquathlon. Delighted racers Meanwhile, duathlon participants, professionals and amateurs alike, expressed satisfaction in the way the event was handled, as well as their delight in using the facilities of the New Clark City. “Nagagamit po ang lahat ng mga facilities. Napakalinis at napaka-world class ng New Clark City,” remarked Liam James David who ranked 2nd in the NCC Short Junior Elite Men category. “The event is so awesome. It was my first race and it was so beautiful. Ang ganda ng pagka-organize,” said Andrew Lloyd Alomarde, a first-time duathlete under the NCC Short race.

July 27, 2022

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BCDA, CNLCSCA ink deal for swim events at New Clark City

BCDA Executive Vice President and COO Aileen R. Zosa (second from right), representing BCDA President and CEO Atty. Aristotle B. Batuhan, and CNLCSCA Secretary General Rolando Dela Cruz (second from left) lead the ceremonial signing of the memorandum of understanding for the use of sports facilities in New Clark City. BCDA SVP for Corporate Services Arrey Perez (rightmost) and CNLCSCA Director and AC Dax Aquatics Swim Club Head Coach Jensen “Dax” Halili (leftmost) serve as witnesses. The signing event was held on April 22, 2022 at the Aquatics Center of New Clark City, Tarlac. The Central Northern Luzon-CAR Swimming Coaches Association (CNLCSCA) signed Friday a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) to promote and hold various sports events at New Clark City in Tarlac. The agreement paved the way for the resumption of CNLCSCA’s grassroots swimming series, which was halted for over two years with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosted by the Angeles City-based AC Dax Aquatics Swim Club, the 80th CNLCSCA Swim Series will commence Saturday at the New Clark City Aquatics Center, with 650 participants from Central and North Luzon, Cordillera Administrative Region, as well as some swimmers from Metro Manila. BCDA Officer-in-Charge President and CEO Atty. Aristotle B. Batuhan, represented by Executive Vice President Aileen R. Zosa, and CNLCSCA Secretary General Rolando Dela Cruz led the signing of the MOU, which provides for collaboration over a period of one year, and renewable for another year. “We at the BCDA would like to thank CNLCSCA for choosing New Clark City as your venue of choice for competitions and events. As restrictions continue to ease, BCDA will ensure that this world-class facility remains accessible to athletes of all ages and backgrounds,” Zosa said. Acknowledging CNLCSCA’s efforts to develop grassroots athletes, Zosa said, “We hope to bear witness to the emergence of a new generation of talented, promising, and outstanding swimmers who can compete on the national and international stage.” New Clark City, BCDA’s inclusive, resilient, and sustainable development project north of Metro Manila, remains ready for sporting events amid the pandemic. Its sports complex includes the Fédération Internationale de Natation’s (FINA)- approved Aquatics Center, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)- certified Athletics Stadium, and the 525-room Athletes’ Village. “By incredibly hosting the 30th Southeast Asian Games, we believe that New Clark City is a really good venue for promoting our goals of developing the grassroots program benefiting our athletes. We want them to experience how it is like being in a place where magnificent opportunities are possible,” Dela Cruz said. Comeback of competitive swimming Following FINA competition rules, the 80th CNLCSCA Swim Series will be conducted with timed finals based on the participants’ age groups. Jensen “Dax” Halili, CNLCSCA director and the head coach of the AC Dax Aquatics Swim Club, expressed excitement about the return of competitive swimming for local swimmers, with New Clark City as the venue. “There will be more than 600 swimmers who will participate from different walks of life. We believe that they truly need this boost and motivation amidst the pandemic by competing in our world-class facilities,” Halili said. Health and safety protocols will be strictly enforced during the swim series to protect all participants, coaches, and staff.

April 23, 2022

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